Can dark chocolate actually be beneficial to your oral health? How is that possible? After all, chocolate has sugar in it which is bad for you and your teeth, right? Well, we did our research, and the results are pretty sweet!
Dark chocolate actually contains several superfood compounds that can protect your teeth and allow you to handle your sweet tooth cravings at the same time.
Dark chocolate, or organic “raw” chocolate that contains 70% or more cocoa, and has between 6-8 grams of sugar, is a good source of polyphenols. Polyphenols are a natural chemical that can limit oral bacteria.
Dark chocolate also contains a flavonoid compound. Flavonoids are a group of plant-based antioxidants that have been proven to slow down tooth decay.
So yeah, Dark chocolate is good for your teeth! But that's not all!
It's also an excellent source of antioxidants, and in some studies has improved blood flow, lowered blood pressure, helped protect skin from the sun and even lower the risk of cardiovascular disease!
Of course, you can always have too much of a good thing. So despite these many benefits, your Dentist will remind you to enjoy dark chocolate in moderation.
These findings also do not excuse your routine brushing, flossing, and rinsing, we are just saying it is now possible to have your chocolate and eat it too!